Jul 28, 2014

Christopher's Antiques to Shut Its Doors

Shop owner Howard Siegel to retire after 44 years.

Christopher's Antiques to Shut Its Doors

Christopher's Antiques—the iconic South Broadway shop that paved the way for Nyack's Antiques Row, and in many ways the village's bohemian inclination—will be shutting its doors early this year.

The business has been a Nyack staple and go-to place for an assortment of relics for 44 years.

The owner, Howard Siegel, said his decision is personal, not financial.

"I'm just ready to retire—I'll be 64 in March," he said. "I'm thinking that it's time. I was 19 when we started."

"I want to be able to walk out, instead of be carried out," be japed.

Siegel recently sold the five-story building, and though he is unsure if the new owners will maintain an antique presence, Christopher's will not remain. Siegel worked with longtime partner and business colleague Joe Christopher in the late '60s and early '70s to grow the antique shop into something unique.

"We were very busy—Nyack was a real destination because of all the antique stores," Siegel told Patch in 2011, recalling the shop's blossoming popularity.

Siegel purchased the store from Christopher just over a decade ago, and maintained the shop's dedication to comely rarities and heirlooms. The hardwood interior is perennially stacked with burly wood furniture and ornate tea sets.

Christopher's selections are commensurate with any store in the Lower Hudson Valley—and beyond, into New York City.

Siegel said the last day will be the end of January, or shortly afterward.

"We may hang in another week," he said. Until then, everything in the store is 30-percent off.

Siegel said he plans to split his post-retirement time between Long Island and Florida, and will make room for travel, too.

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